The Matthean characterisation of Jesus by angels

HTS Teologiese Studies/Theological Studies


 
 
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Title The Matthean characterisation of Jesus by angels
 
Creator Viljoen, Francois P.
 
Subject — characterisation; Matthew; narrative; angel; Jesus; judge; eschatology; narrative criticism
Description Angels play a significant role in the characterisation of the Matthean Jesus. The Gospel of Matthew displays particular interest in angels. This article focuses on passages in Matthew that relate the role of angels directly to Jesus. Matthew distinguishes between the angel of the Lord and angels in general. This article examines the latter group keeping in view their support of Jesus. It shows that Matthew assumes knowledge of Jewish angelic traditions among his readers. He adds new perspectives to their knowledge about the relation of angels with Jesus. He is depicted as meek and humble, refraining from using his authority to call on the assistance of angels for his own benefit. Yet angels come with reverence to serve him. In humility, he fully submits to the will of the Father by entering his passion. On the other hand, he is also depicted with eschatological glory as being accompanied by all the angels. Heavens are emptied to attend to the Son of Man on his glorious throne. With an entourage of all heavenly angels he will return as the eschatological judge not only to judge all the nations, but also the devil and his angels.
 
Publisher AOSIS
 
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Date 2020-05-04
 
Type info:eu-repo/semantics/article info:eu-repo/semantics/publishedVersion — —
Format text/html application/epub+zip text/xml application/pdf
Identifier 10.4102/hts.v76i4.5859
 
Source HTS Teologiese Studies / Theological Studies; Vol 76, No 4 (2020); 7 pages 2072-8050 0259-9422
 
Language eng
 
Relation https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/5859/14986 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/5859/14984 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/5859/14987 https://hts.org.za/index.php/hts/article/view/5859/14983
 
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